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Industry Placement Program starts in APRIL
AUSTRALASIAN Pork Murdoch University; Dr CEO Roger Campbell said “Pork CRC’s Indus-
Research Institute Lim- ited is considering eight applications from Aus- tralia and New Zealand by producers, technol- ogy supply companies and veterinary groups in the first call under APRIL’s Industry Place- ment Program.
Eugeni Roura, University of Queensland; Dr Dar- ryl D’Souza, SunPork; Dr Rob Smits, Rivalea; Ms Heather Channon, Aus- tralian Pork Limited; and Dr Charles Rikard-Bell, Pork CRC, will meet in September to consider the applications.
Dr Alice Weaver with Acting APRIL CEO Dr Roger Campbell at the 2018 Pan Pacific Pork Expo. Dr Weaver’s University of Adelaide PhD was supported by Pork CRC and in 2016 she was the first Industry Placement Program appointment under South Australian Government funding to Pork CRC.
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The APRIL Board has approved funding for edu- cation in 2018/19 to sup- port IPPs, under a scheme similar to that success- fully initiated in the Co- operative Research Centre for High Integrity Austral- ian Pork, as well as top-up postgraduate scholarships and honours projects.
Interim APRIL CEO and former Pork CRC
creating opportunities for graduates and postgradu- ates in the workforce by partnering with industry had been a successful Pork CRC platform for several years, with five IPPs being awarded un- der a South Australian government employment initiative that finished on June 30.
try Placement Program placed more than a dozen highly credentialed young people in jobs where they engaged their academic skills and qualifications and added value to their workplaces with innova- tive ideas and typically youthful enthusiasm,” Dr Campbell said.
APRIL will provide the successful business appli- cant with $70,000 over the first two years to help cov- er salary and other costs associated with training the graduate/postgraduate for three years.
Reviewing the international
trade landscape for a better
Industry Export Strategy
The APRIL Education Committee will make at least one call and po- tentially two, subject to budget, annually for IPP awards.
A LOT has changed in the global trade environ- ment in the past year, let alone the past 12 years!
APRIL’s Education Committee, compris- ing Prof Frank Dunshea (Chair), University of Mel- bourne; Prof John Pluske,
In 2006, Australian Pork Limited commissioned International Trade Strat- egies Global to research and produce a report on the global trade land- scape.
That review recom- mended APL prioritise advocacy in support of the Doha Development Round of multilateral negotia- tions in the WTO, it iden- tified specific negotiating objectives for industry in Australia’s free trade agreements with China, Malaysia and ASEAN – then under negotiation, speculated on the pros- pect of a FTA with Japan, and took stock of pro- ducer support programs in major pig producing countries.
vious international pork trade review.
tion of animal welfare is, in principle, a legitimate ground for imposing trade control.
Results are based on typical progeny growth performance achieved using Primegro Genetics grown under a high health environment and fed using the Rivalea Nutritional Program.
Since that time, Doha has collapsed irretriev- ably, Australia has con- cluded FTAs with China, Malaysia, ASEAN and Japan (not to mention Chile, South Korea, Peru, Indonesia, a group of Pa- cific nations and the TPP- 11), but – unsurprisingly – subsidies and producer support programs are still rampant in the US, EU, Canada and Brazil.
The top priority should be securing a market ac- cess protocol with China to take advantage of the huge demand in that mar- ket and Australia’s advan- tageous tariff treatment negotiated as part of the China-Australia FTA.
The authors conclude Australia currently enjoys advantageous tariff treat- ment in the Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Indo- nesia, New Zealand and Japan, compared to other exporters.
In the background, the structure of the global pork trade has been adjusting to developments including the closure of the Russian mar- ket, rising Chinese demand and expanded global pork production and export ca- pacity.
It reviews developments in the multilateral context. In the WTO, the pros- pect of a broad deal lower- ing barriers to agricultural trade across all markets
In Japan and New Zea- land, for example, Aus- tralian exporters should prepare to contend with more competition.
And then, of course, there has been the dis- ruption in global markets caused by trade disputes between the US and its major pork export des- tinations in China and Mexico.
port’s authors encourage APL to continue support and advocacy for liber- alisation of global agri- culture markets through the WTO.
The Plan will guide our efforts to grow existing export markets and access new ones, secure favour- able outcomes for pork in Australia’s FTAs and pur- sue trade remedy action against imports where ap- propriate.
At the time of writing, the US and Mexico ap- pear to have agreed on a revised trade deal that should see the removal of punitive tariffs on US pork exports – but nothing is certain!
In terms of dispute reso- lution, a number of re- cent WTO decisions have wider implications for the sorts of trade restrictions allowable by member states.
If you have any ques- tions about the research or would like to obtain a complete copy, please contact me at APL at an drew.robertson@australi or call 02 6270 8888.
To take stock of these developments and inform industry’s export strategy in a changing and uncer- tain trade environment, APL commissioned ITS Global to update the pre-
The most interesting of these is the European Community Seals case, which is detailed in the report.
I’m looking forward to hearing your views and suggestions on how the new Export Business Plan can work for producers.
by ANDREW ROBERTSON Policy Manager – Trade and Workforce
A summary of the re- search can be accessed on
The report examines and compares relative mar- ket access conditions for Australian industry vis-a- vis competitors in target markets arising from free trade agreements.
The report identifies a series of trade negotiat- ing priorities for APL in the context of key policy developments affecting international trade.
APL should continue to stake out positions in ne- gotiations still under way that might improve ac- cess to existing markets, including the Philippines and Indonesia (as part of the RCEP trade agree- ment), and India.
However, it warns some of these advantages might be short-lived, as com- peting suppliers such as Canada and the EU are securing their own FTAs with the same markets.
seems unlikely. Nevertheless, the re-
APL is taking the con- tent of this review as a ba- sis for updating the 2016 Australian Pork Industry Export Business Plan.
The Seals case is consid- ered significant as it is the first in which the WTO has affirmed that protec-

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